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Ok, look at the picture, there are 2 movements

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The first movement, the person seems to lift his leg off the floor, the knee goes forward and the thigh & the shin form a triangle.

The second movement, the thigh is kept fixed & the shin is folded & make itself parallel to the ground.

How do we express the 2nd movement in English?

  • It seems odd to me to say, "Lift your leg off the floor" when your leg is not on the floor when you're standing. Leg lifts are exercise done when you're either prone or supine. In the first movement, you raise your knee; in the second, you raise your heel. Because of the way human joints work, those expressions should be ambiguous. – user105719 Jan 26 at 9:41
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    @user105719, when we say "raise your heel", people may think the heel still contact the floor like in this picture encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/… – Tom Jan 26 at 10:01
  • The context would be important. In speech or in writing? Who would be talking to who, where, why, etc.? Are you looking for an imperative/instruction, or a description? If someone was looking at me, I might say Do this while demonstrating. For reason such as these, I think this question needs more details to be productive. – Jim Reynolds Jan 26 at 10:04
  • Possibly. There's little that cannot be misunderstood, but your picture is of someone "raising his heels," and no heel is in contact with the floor there. – user105719 Jan 26 at 10:23
  • @user105719 "Lift your heel" is a strange request, and if someone were to ask me that, my toes would still be touching the ground. "Bend one leg while standing", would be clearer. – Mari-Lou A Jan 26 at 13:53

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